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Swords

November 3, 2009 | Format: MP3

$9.49
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 26, 2009
  • Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Label: POLYDOR/Fontana
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:06:43
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  • ASIN: B002UYSB6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,578 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Format: Audio CD
So, I've been a fan for many years, have seen several shows, bought many albums, posters, videos, etc. from this singularly unique man. I've even had the pleasure of meeting him once, however brief. And through the years, I have had my high and low opinions about his enormous body of work, from the early Smiths to the late Years of Refusal. Morrissey is probably my most favorite music artist of all time, but that's not to say that I have enjoyed all of his productions. Most range from awesome to great. Some are good. Some are OK. Some you'd like to forget about, and some make you race to the remote to skip a track.
HOWEVER, I am so very, very, very pleased with this latest compilation of b-sides that I feel like I'm in love all over again. What a great selection! What a wonderful sound! What an extraordinary mix of his talent all rolled into one very worthy CD! This is the collection that I have been waiting for for years as a long-time fan. Nearly every single track is brilliant. The mix in this anthology reveals that mystical, indescribable magic that resonates within the soul which only the maestro can evoke. It's the power, insight, cleverness, and emotions in this collection that has renewed my faith and has lead me to rediscover what makes this man so special to me when he works his magic. And also, with his team, the music matches the lyrical art song-for-song.
I don't think I have anything really specific to say about this CD; it's just the overall work and presentation that has just blown me away and has left me speechless, leaving me yet again exchanging the words in my head for the poetry in his songs.
I guess you could say that you should take this review of mine as more of a fan-based impression than a blow-by-blow critique of the CD.
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Why not a two CD set to pick all the singles from this period.

Mexico
Human Being
Song From under the Floorboards

and a few others could have filled out a second disc.

That being said,What is here is good. And, I am giving it four stars (instead of 3) for not throwing recent singles on it like Moz collections have in the past, ie World of Morrissey and My Early Burglary Years.
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This CD is a collection of B-sides recorded over the course of Morrissey's last three studio albums: "You are the Quarry", "Ringleader of the Tormentors", "Years of Refusal".

The primary reason I like this collection more than his last two studio albums might be the variety of atmosphere. His album "Ringleader" was sonically dark, and "Years of Refusal" was sort of stripped down music with a post-punk feel. Both albums were good, but wore me down, unlike "You are the Quarry" which had a very bright poppy sound. This CD balances all those sounds well.
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He has always been famous for his quality B-sides, and this is a perfect example. For me, this is better than the proper albums recorded on either side of this release. So many good songs, so much variety, from rockers, to ballads to the beautiful and sad "Sweetie Pie". Something for every Morrissey fan. Lyrically at his best and miles above the last release "World Peace". A must.
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friday mourning, so many good songs here. he is still doing what he does best, and he seems to be having fun. to some smith fans it all should sound like strangeways, to some moz fans it should all sound like vauxhall, me i have them all, and since quarry, i listen to new morrissey songs hoping to be floored. and he did it again with ringleader, and with refusal. daddys voice, christian dior, munich, some of his best work. ill keep buying them till they do not sound so good., singles, box sets, compalations, as long as new songs, that sound as good as these are included, i will support his music.
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Morrissey has been a remarkably prolific fellow in the last four years, and this collection funnels his leftovers onto one eighteen song CD. "Swords" is the remainders bin from Years of Refusal (2008), Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006) and You Are The Quarry (2004). While all of those records were strong, the songs on "Swords" are so good that the collection stands on its own as an album.

The usual villains are here; unrequited love, tender hooligans and a tongue in cheek humor. There's also some adventurous music rearing its quizzical head, like the Arabic feel on the disc's opener, "Good Looking Man About Town." There's a truckload of glam-guitar crunch on "It's Hard to Walk Tall When You're Small," plus a tip of the hat to David Bowie, whose "Drive In Saturday" gets a Moz overhaul. Morrissey gives the song a bit of a tweak by changing a line to reference The New York Dolls (whom Morrissey talked into reforming). One of my other favorites here is Chrissie Hynde dropping in on "Shame Is The Name."

Not everything here is worthy; "Sweetie Pie" gets irritating quickly. It's also easy to see how a couple songs here didn't make the cut for their proper albums. Despite the very Morrissey-esque title for "My Life Is A Succession of People Saying Goodbye," its the kind of song he's done a million times over, and better. The punchline of "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" gets dry after a few listens as well. But that's two out of 18, which is a pretty darn good ratio.
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